Philip Nikolayev lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, the poet Katia Kapovich, and their daughter Sophia. His collections of poems are Monkey Time (Verse Press, 2003, winner of the 2001 Verse Prize) and Letters from Aldenderry (Salt Publishing, 2006). He co-edits Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics. His poems have also appeared in such journals as The Paris Review, Grand Street, Verse, Stand, Jacket, and many others.
There is ample indication that there are no limits to Nikolayev’s abilities. There are traditionally lyric poems and extreme avant garde experiments alongside each other in this collection. In some instances traditional genres and methods are combined with avant garde measures in the same poem.
—Ben Mazer, Jacket Magazine
Philip Nikolayev is a subverter of form and language. He is starkly innovative, but in an unpredictable and non 'school'-oriented way. His is a poetics in 'cahoots' with a self-created idiomatic Russian-American English, that like Nabokov's adds to the possibilities of the word, of the line, of the overall form of expression in the text. His poems address both the cross-cultural space of the work's evolution, and the transitory world of potential readerships.
Reviews of books by Philip Nikolayev
- Reading at the Library of Congress